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Patient Education: Hospital Discharge and Readmission

  • By: Lisa Murray-Johnson & Diane Moyer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Patient education is defined as a process of assisting consumers of health care to learn how to incorporate health-related behaviors (i.e., knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes) into everyday life with the purpose of achieving the goal of optimal health. Patient education is not health information seeking, or the intentioned choice to consume information about health, illness, health promotion, or risks to health. Patient education focuses on interaction and engagement of patients or individuals who are directly interacting with health care providers and services for personal health. The goal of interaction is to help patients learn and become empowered in shared decisions about medical conditions, tests or procedures, the appropriate use of equipment or supplies, available treatment options, symptom management, medicine use and potential side effects, and ...

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